The Final Total!

Total Raised
A HUGE thank you to all who have contributed and helped along the way. Outstanding work!

The Story Behind The Run

The Story Behind The Run
Matt and Chris
The Story Behind The Run
On the 1st October 2009 Chris Taaffe's (28) life was literally turned upside down!

Chris was involved in a serious motorbike accident which left him in a coma for many weeks. He is a very good friend of mine and I, and his many friends, found this very hard to cope with especially as five or six weeks earlier he and I were canoeing in the Lake District blissfully unaware of what the future had in store.

Thanks to the rapid response of the East Anglian Air Ambulance he was given the best possible chance of surviving his horrific crash. The first 24 hours were crucial and everyone waited with baited breath to hear any news. It is impossible to imagine what his family went through that night. Chris was flown to Addenbrookes Critical Care Unit in Cambridge where he was given round-the-clock care and treatment by the best possible team of experts. He was there for a few months and then moved to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and then to the Colman centre for Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation. He is still there now and progressing well thanks to the amazing rehabilitation scheme and care that is in place for him.
I am writing this to ask for your help. I need to raise local support and awareness for my run in August/September from John o' Groats to Lands End to raise money for the three main organisations that helped get Chris through his ordeal. Without the expertly trained staff and medical teams involved in the organisation many people, including Chris, would die or have little chance of recovery. It's time to give something back.

I am an experienced runner having completed two London Marathons, I've also run Hadrian's wall (Newcastle to Carlisle) and now I plan to run the length of Britain to raise a significant amount of money to keep the Air Ambulance, Addenbrookes and the Colman Centre open for those suffering now and for those who may suffer in the future.

The run will be long, tough and emotions will run high but with your help and the help and determination of the six volunteers who are providing back up and planning, the goal will be achieved and we will raise many thousands of pounds to save lives...........................maybe even yours.

If you can help to promote or sponsor this worthy cause or provide funding towards the cost of the venture, I and my team will be very grateful indeed.

To donate please use the buttons on this page or send a cheque using the information provided.

Many many thanks


Job Done....

Monday 13th September at 12:19

Matt crossed the finish line at Land's End!

After 28.5 days and no days off!
He had a small deputation to greet him and was interviewed on radio Norfolk just before 1PM.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Wednesday 1st September - a bit more

Well, Matt did 37 miles today and made it to Standish!  There's just no stoppong him at the moment...the weather is helping, it's been fantastic, sunnyh and hot, just the way Matt likes it.

A great BIG thank you to Caroline and family for putting us up for a couple of nights and giving us such a big welcome. it's so ice to be out of a cold, damp tent for a while.

Just a few photos to keep you going....11:10pm...time for bed.. night night.................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


  1. Hi Matt,
    Hope this works this time - not too technical here.
    Remember us from camp near Inverness.
    Have been following your progress - you're doing great. David was going to offer to run a day with you but he can't until 10th and you'll probably be too far away by then. If you still want the option of accommodation you need to phone us today (Thursday) so we can give you an alternative number.
    Keep up the good work.
    David and Sandra Bird

  2. Lovely to see you all on Skype last night. It was great to catch up for a chat. Have ordered some more nice weather for you - So keep on running Matty x

  3. Muttley I need 15 hours kip a day Halstead2 September 2010 at 08:53

    I go to bed around 8pm, so please can we have a chat before then otherwise you wake me up! x

  4. Mutts you lazy dog! At least you managed to wag your tail a was nice to see you, even though it was only your fluffy belly! WOOF!